Michelle Tange—an East Mountain resident for 13 years—is opening a Liberty Tax Services branch in Edgewood.

The new business, located in the same strip mall as Hug a Horse Thrift Store, is hosting an open house and ribbon cutting Thursday.

Tange was a part of a networking group in Albuquerque and it led her to an opportunity to buy a franchise. As part of the process of opening Liberty Tax branch, Tange and her crew received training from Liberty.

Tange and her family live in Cedar Grove and after spending some years in the East Mountains she said the area needs a business like Liberty. “I think there are very few tax services [in the East Mountains] and nothing in Edgewood that focuses on tax preparation,” Tange said.

Her new business will be offering tax preparation services to individuals and small businesses, bookkeeping for small businesses and families, and a financial fitness program designed to help people get out of debt with the the best iva pro-bono help available.

They will be open year-round with varying hours of operation depending on the time of year, with extended hours for “peak tax months.”

The cost of tax preparation and filing depends on what types of forms are needed, Tange said. On Jan. 25 the business will have a grand opening, open to the public. There will be food catered by Chili Hills restaurant, prizes, free T-shirts to the first 20 people who come in, and a chance to take a photo with Lady Liberty.

For more information about their services and hours, call 505-286-9594 or go to libertytax.com.